There are many common Botox mistakes and some mistakes that are not so common. Having knowledge of these mistakes and how potential problems are corrected allows patients to have a better treatment experience.
The Frozen Face
The expressionless face looks slightly robotic and not natural. The frozen face may not be a mistake in that some injectors are going for that look. And oddly enough a few people want it. Usually the goal is to eliminate wrinkles but still allow movement for expressions. If too much Botox was injected and your face doesn’t move, then the only thing that you can do is to wait for it to wear off. Unfortunately, there’s no quick fix for this. When you’re ready to try Botox injections again, make sure that it’s a licensed practitioner understands your goals and explains what your results should be.
Eye brows giving a surprised look.
Another Botox mishap is when the treatment results in one or both eyebrows elevating so much that the patient has a surprised or startled expression. In addition, odd wrinkles can occur over the lateral brow. A good injector can usually prevent this. This can also be fixed rather easily and quickly (usually at no charge) with a few strategically placed drops of Botox to relax the muscle that’s pulling the eyebrow up too high. If you get this result from your botox treatment and you’re unhappy, tell your doctor and ask him or her to correct the problem.
Your Forehead Feels Heavy and Your Eyelid Looks Droopy
This is a fairly common error and results from doing too many injections in the forehead, specifically the frontalis muscle, which goes all the way across the forehead and is used to raise the eyebrows. Too much Botox can relax the forehead too much, which results in that heavy feeling. An added problem is that when the forehead comes down, the eyebrows do as well. If the doctor doesn’t correctly perceive how much the patient uses this muscle, then too much Botox will cause the upper eyelid skin to look more to droop and look hooded. There is no quick fix for this. You would have to let it wear off.
Lop-Sided Facial Features
Botox is being used by more often in the lower face. Unfortunately it’s sometimes not done properly. When the muscles that control the shape of the mouth are injected incorrectly, it results in one side of the smile pulling up or down. Usually this is more noticeable when the face is in motion. There are a number of ways to make this look better until the Botox wears off, so see an Atlanta Botox expert at Shapemed to rectify the problem for your specific case.
The Lower Eyelid Area Looking Worse After Botox
This is usually caused by too much relaxation of the muscle around the eye. In some people who already have a tendency for that muscle to loosen over time, Botox in the crow’s foot area will make the puffiness on the lower eyelid worse. For solutions, consult with your doctor. Sometimes an eyelid Fraxel treatment or an eyelid Thermage treatment to tighten or smooth the eyelid skin will help. Also, in some cases, the only solution is to not use Botox in certain sections of that muscle. Allow your doctor to assess the muscles in your face and be sure to ask questions if you have concerns with your botox treatment.